(AP Photo/LM Otero)
OK, show of hands.
When the A’s fell behind 1-0, how many thought “Uh oh”?
When the A’s left some runners on base early, how many thought “Here we go again”?
I expect a lot of hands up.
But when Adam Dunn launched that 2 run double and Josh Reddick started clubbing the ball, there was a sigh of relief.
Sure, everyone gasped when Donaldson looked hurt, but he stayed.
And birthday boy Sean Doolittle sealed the deal.
Despite all of the heart ache and teeth grinding, the A’s are one win or one Mariners loss away from handing Jon Lester the ball in a do or die play off game.
There are 20 other franchises who wish they could say that.
I guess I should update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Ian Kennedy shut down the Giants bats, winning the game 4-1 for San Diego and killing any hope for a Wild Card game in San Francisco. TEETH GRINDER
58 Dodged Bullets 53 Teeth Grinders
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Adam Dunn’s 2 run double and Josh Reddick’s homer gave Scott Kazmir the lead which he would hold on to, 6-2 A’s over the Rangers.. DODGED BULLET
55 Dodged Bullets 60 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Chris Capuano beat the Red Sox 3-2 in the first game between an eliminated Boston team and an eliminated Yankee team since the creation of the Wild Card. TEETH GRINDER
Dodged Bullets 64 Teeth Grinders 78
An A’s win today would mean all 3 teams would essentially play meaningless games on Sunday